The experts in Indigenous employment

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and looking for work, you’ve come to the right place.

For nearly 20 years, atWork Australia’s Indigenous employment team has worked to find meaningful jobs for Indigenous Australians. We were the first provider in Western Australia to deliver Vocational Training and Employment Centre services, to connect Indigenous Australians with accredited training courses and jobs.

Our team is here to support you and we’re good at what we do. Read about our Indigenous employment expertise.

If you’d like to connect with our specialist Indigenous employment team and find the right job for you, get in touch with our friendly employment consultants today on 1300 192 649.

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Our expertise in Indigenous employment

atWork Australia was the first employment services provider to deliver Vocational Training and Employment Centre services in Western Australia. This program provides pre-employment and work readiness training, mentoring, support and guaranteed employment for Indigenous candidates.
To date, we’ve supported more than 330 Indigenous Australians into work via the VTEC program, and over 2,000 Indigenous Australians into education or employment across our complementary contracts.

In 2019, atWork Australia was one of a handful of organisations consulted for an OECD report into Indigenous employment best-practice. The report highlighted the success of the model we adopted and the findings have implications for policy and practice around the world. You can read a copy of the OECD report here.

While we are not an Indigenous-owned organisation and can no longer deliver VTEC, the success of this employer-driven model in achieving sustainable employment led to the creation of atWork Australia’s Indigenous Employment Services (IES) team. The specialist IES team delivers culturally appropriate and evidence-based employment services, working closely with employers to develop tailored pre-employment training programs to meet their workforce needs. IES was officially launched during NAIDOC week in 2020.

atWork Australia’s IES team, which has 85% Indigenous team members, is pleased to be able to deliver services to employers and Indigenous clients across Perth’s metro area. To find out how our IES team can work together with you please contact us via email at or phone 1300 192 649.

Read more about our IES here.

We’ve won national awards for our Indigenous employment achievements.

  • In 2021, one of our job seekers Jascinta Jones won the NESA Achiever of the Year award, and Sodexo was one of  three finalists in the NESA Champion Employer of the Year Award. Click here to hear more about Jascinta’s story.
  • In 2018, the success of our VTEC model in the hospitality industry was highlighted by a National Employment Services Association win for Excellence in Collaboration, between atWork Australia, Sodexo and South Metropolitan TAFE
  • In 2017, our VTEC Coordinator Rob Beattie won the NESA award for Excellence in Indigenous Employment for his exceptional service to the local Indigenous community and for his outstanding performance and achievement within the employment services sector. If you’d like to read a powerful and very personal story about the impact Rob and the VTEC team had, please read My Name is Nobody
  • In 2016, Sodexo won the NESA Champion Employer of the Year award for its commitment to employing Indigenous Australians in partnership with atWork Australia. Sodexo was one of the first employers to introduce a training program that gives Indigenous candidates a formal qualification as well as guarantee employment on successful completion of the course.

Employers we work with to Close the Gap

Partnering with employers and industry is one way we can work together to address Indigenous employment disadvantage and build a better future for Indigenous Australians.